They’re the Comic Book Punks who redefined pop culture – pre-order the new non-fiction book



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The influence of the comic book has never been greater, from movies to streaming and beyond, but the journey comics took from little-regarded kids’ magazines to literary prize-winning books and global franchises turned on a highly unusual group of writers and artists. Few would have expected a small gathering of British comic book fans and creators in the early ‘seventies to be a global cultural pivot-point, but this was the start of a disparate movement of punks, dropouts and disaffected youths who reinvented a medium and became the imaginative heart of a global success story.

Based on years of interviews with a generation of leading writers, artists and editors, Karl Stock reveals the true story of the wild times, passion and determination that helped, hindered and saw the reinvention of comics.

Being released on 22 November, Comic Book Punks brilliantly tells the story of the triumphs and disasters that rewrote the rulebook on what comics could be and who they should be for

Karl Stock on the acquisition: “The creative revolution which occurred in British comics and spread across the Atlantic at the end of the 20th century had the same kind of pop cultural impact as Britain’s great record labels or city-based music scenes, yet until now it hasn’t been recorded in-depth on the same terms as these other hugely influential movements. Writing this history of an era, a stack of great comics and a group of visionary creators which crackled with genre-redefining invention has been an honour and a great pleasure, and hopefully reading it’s as entertaining and revealing as the research process.”

Acquiring editor Ben Smith: “Stock has written the definitive account of a generation of comic book creators that turned the entire medium on its head, as important for the graphic novel as the New Hollywood filmmakers of the ’60s and ’70s were for cinema. Stock’s meticulous research, breadth of reading and one-to-one interviews make this group biography unmissable. Peeling back the layers of influence, collaboration and inspiration that saw ever-lasting works of importance created, Stock also finds the lost and overlooked narratives that opened the doors to the escalating ambition of these artists and writers. As we have sadly lost too many creators from that era in recent years, the timing of this book couldn’t be more important in explaining and marking their legacy.”

Karl Stock has written ‘Tharg’s Future Shocks’ for 2000 AD, Dredd prose fiction for the Judge Dredd Megazine and strips including ‘Sniper Elite’ and ‘Death Wish’ for Rebellion titles such as BattleThe Vigilant and Cor! & Buster, as well as interviews and features about comics for the Judge Dredd MegazineTripwireComic Heroes and more. He is the co-author of the 40th anniversary edition of Thrill-Power Overload2000 AD‘s official history, and lives in Scotland.

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